1998 FAMILY VALUES QUESTIONNAIRE
2. RECORDED VOTES
Do you favor the passage of a House Rule requiring that all votes be recorded? The House voted to reject Resolution HR-11, 2/16/98 RC#29 (15-83), that would require all House of Delegate votes to be recorded. All bills on passage shall have recorded votes with Yeas and Nays thereby increasing public accountability of how legislators vote to represent their constituents. Most votes are not recorded in the House of Delegates. (The Senate requires all votes to be recorded.)
3. STOP TAX FUNDED ABORTION
Do you favor the elimination of taxpayers funds which promote or pay for abortion? In 1995 a letter to Congressmen Gingrich and Dole, telling them to stop federal funding that could be used to promote or pay for abortion, was signed by 60 West Virginia Senators and Delegates. HJR-4 of 1996, prohibiting state funding of abortion died in committee.
4. CONSENT RESTRICTIONS FOR ABORTION
While it remains legal to kill an unborn child, do you favor placing informed consent and parental notification restrictions on abortion? HB-4059 passed the House on 2/20/96 by a 74 to 23 margin. This bill would have required a specific 24 hour informed consent waiting period, prior to voluntary abortion. SB-29/HB-4105, which both died in committee, would have required parental consent before an un-emancipated minor may obtain an abortion. (Exceptions are allowed in cases of incest)
5. FACULTY CONTROL OF SCHOOLS
Do you favor legislation which will give Teachers Unions the means of controlling schools? HB-2492 - Any person who intentionally violates rights of school employees shall be guilty of a misdemeanor with criminal penalties. Failed 4/4/97 to pass without a _ majority, by 48 nays to 51 yeas. School principals could be threatened or intimidated with criminal indictments, anytime they chose to fire or discipline school employees, thus allowing faculty senates and teachers unions further control of schools. An even worse bill, which would have required faculty senates recommendations or explain to the senates, in writing, why not, was vetoed by Governor Underwood in 1997.
6. LITERACY THROUGH PHONICS
Do you favor the teaching of phonics to increase student literacy? SB-394 , the West Virginia Literacy Act died in Committee in 1998. This bill would require the systematic phonics education be taught in lieu of the "Whole Language" system. "Whole Language" teachers sight recognition of words and it is being blamed for catastrophic rates of student illiteracy nationwide. In California where it was developed in the 1970's "Whole Language"is now illegal without Phonics. In West Virginia our only school to win an international reading award, Midland Trail Elementary School in Kanawha County, teaches reading using the traditional "Open Court" phonics reading card system.
7. FAMILY RIGHTS TO PRIVACY
Do you favor the passage of a bill which would protect parents and students from intrusive psychological testing? Many examples of illegal testing have occurred in West Virginia often in association with "Comprehensive Developmental Guidance" (values clarification), curricula which typically undermine traditional family values. HB-4224 would have required schools to give prior informed consent to parents before providing school psychiatric or psychological services, but it died in Committee in 1998. The U.S. law known as F.E.R.P.A. (Families Education Rights to Privacy Act) cannot be properly enforced without the support of state law.
8. VIDEO SLOT MACHINES
Do you favor legislation which promotes video slot machines at race tracks? HB-4159 - An act which removes prohibition against, and now allows, at licensed horse and dog race tracks, a video lottery game, having a video display which graphically depicts traditional slot machines. Passage in House RCS#114 on 2/27/96, passage in Senate 3/6/96. This brings the state one step closer to casino style gambling at race tracks. In 1999 Gambling Lobbyist are expected to push for coin slot machines which are even more addictive than the current use of paper receipts.
9. OFF TRACK SLOTS- Do you favor legislation which promotes "electronic gaming" casinos outside of race tracks? HB-4632 (Passed House 53-45, 3/14/98 RC #609) Allowing slot machines to be moved outside of race tracks - This bill amended the Senate version the Video Lottery Floor Attendant, allowing video slot machines to be place in different locations off track, such as hotels. (Passed Senate 3/23/98 32-2, RC #3)
10-A GENERALLY AGAINST GAMBLING
Do you generally oppose further expansion of gambling in West Virginia? Non respondents have been rated on their overall gambling records.
10-B STOP GAMBLING PLEDGE
Will you sign or have you previously signed the STOP GAMBLING PLEDGE?
I will oppose (1) Casino Gambling at the Greenbrier or elsewhere including Riverboat Casino Gambling (2) Expansion of bingo or raffles or bingo casinos (3) Further changes in video lottery machines at the four racetracks (4) Legalization of "gray" video poker machines (5) Expansion of lottery gambling.
11. DEFENSE OF MARRIAGE ACT
Do you favor legislation which defines marriage as "the Union between one man and one woman"? HB-2179 and SB-50 will protect the government and families of West Virginia from out of state same sex marriages, which must be recognized if this law is not passed. Similar provisions in the Domestic Relations Law Revisions have passed the House and Senate in 1997 and 1998 only to die in Conference Committee.
12. WV CHILD PROTECTION ACT
Do you favor passage of the WV Child Protection Act? This is a bill to prohibit dissemination of material which is "harmful to minors". West Virginia is one of the only states which does not have legislation to protect children from pornography. SB-352 passed by unanimous Senate vote 3/3/94. House Judiciary has killed this bill for five years despite 16,000 signatures on petitions.
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